Atletico Madrid tops AP weekly football poll
Feb. 10, 2015
LONDON (AP) — Atletico Madrid has taken team of the week honors in the Associated Press Global Football 10 on Tuesday after thrashing city rival Real Madrid 4-0.
The Spanish league defending champion could have fallen 10 points behind leader Madrid if it had lost on Saturday, but instead inflicted the biggest defeat on its city rival in five years.
The result extended Atletico's unbeaten run against Madrid to six games.
"Atletico seems to have Real Madrid's number," Ubiratan Leal of trivela.com in Brazil said. "It's incredible how (coach Diego) Simeone's hard-fought football style matches this season's Real. And it has been that way in almost all Madrid derbies this season."
Barcelona was second for extending its winning streak to nine games with a 5-2 victory over Athletic Bilbao and, as a result, narrowing the gap on Madrid to a point in the Spanish league.
Tottenham took third for topping Arsenal 2-1 in the London derby after going a goal down.
Juventus, fourth in the poll, upheld its surge to a fourth straight Serie A title with a 3-1 win over AC Milan, and a seven-point lead in Italy.
Chelsea was fifth, and extended its Premier League advantage to seven points after beating Aston Villa 2-1. Filling out the top 10 were Bayern Munich, Wolfsburg, Lyon, Valencia and Southampton.
Harry Kane was the leading player for the first time this season after scoring both goals in Tottenham's comeback win, receiving one vote more than Lionel Messi.
"Kane is the man of the moment in England," Marco Monteverde of News Corp. Australia said. "With a double against Arsenal, he further proved his quality and his ability to produce in matches that matter."
Messi scored once and contributed to the other four Barcelona goals in its victory on Sunday.
Mario Mandzukic, who netted Atletico's fourth against Madrid, was third, and one of three players from the club in the top 10. Saul Niguez, who scored Atletico's second with a spectacular acrobatic kick, was fifth, and Antoine Griezmann eighth after getting his side's third.
"Mario Mandzukic did a terrific job for Atletico Madrid as they outgunned Real in an unforgettable Spanish capital derby," Aurelio Capaldi of RAI Sport said. "Atletico was full of quality, and Mandzukic was one of the main factors to make things happen the way Simeone wanted, by scoring a goal and providing two vital assists."
For spearheading Bayern's victory at Stuttgart, Arjen Robben was fourth.
Juventus striker Carlos Tevez was sixth, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang seventh, and Luis Suarez and Eden Hazard in the remaining two places in the top 10.
AP Global Football 10:
1. Harry Kane, 100 points.
2. Lionel Messi, 99.
3. Mario Mandzukic, 81.
4. Arjen Robben, 64.
5. Saul Niguez, 50.
6. Carlos Tevez, 49.
7. Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, 43.
8. Antoine Girezmann, 38.
9. Luis Suarez, 34.
10. Eden Hazard, 32.
1. Atletico Madrid, 115.
2. Barcelona, 96.
3. Tottenham, 84.
4. Juventus, 72.
5. Chelsea, 60.
6. Bayern Munich, 51.
7. Woflsburg, 48.
8. Lyon, 40.
9. Valencia, 35.